Greetings! The 2017 ECU Material Topics Symposium is in the works. This year’s symposium is titled “Collective Voices” and celebrates the individuality of, not only the artists of the material, but the vast array of techniques that are categorized under metalsmithing.

The date is set! Please mark your calendars for these two important events…

  • Registration Begins: Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • ECU Material Topics Symposium: January 13th-15th, 2017

We are pleased to announce our co-chairs for Symposium 2017- Joanne Lang and Holly Roddenbery.

Joanne Lang spent way too much of her earlier years in the medical sciences before she came to her senses and discovered her love of the arts and metal. She has spent the last eight years learning metals through numerous workshops including those with Bob Ebendorf, Ken Bova, Tim Lazure, and Mi-Sook Hur. She is now in her first year of the MFA program in Metals Design at East Carolina University. Joanne is fascinated by the problem-solving aspect of metal, pulling together multiple parts and found objects to create a new piece. Her latest metal explorations have been in the realm of kinetics which may be due to watching Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein too many times.

Holly Roddenbery received her BFA in Art from Valdosta State University where she studied metals under ECU Alumni, Abigail Heuss. She is in her first year of the MFA program in Metal Design at East Carolina University. Her work showcases a softer side of metal using smooth beveled edges and organic forms. She seeks inspiration from personal experiences of spiritual healing. Holly describes herself as a “student of life” and enjoys dogs above cats.

Please look forward to more posts regarding:

  • Presenter & Workshop Information
  • Calls for Entries
  • Exhibitions
  • 2017 Registration Information